Bernina Express

From glaciers to palms

Disruption Bernina Line: The Bernina Line of the Rhaetian Railway (RhB) will remain closed to through railway traffic until Friday, 22 September 2017. A rail replacement bus service is being provided between Pontresina and Poschiavo. Passengers are asked to allow more time for their journeys

More information about the disruption Bernina Line.

One of the most spectacular ways to cross the Alps: the Bernina Express from Chur / Davos / St. Moritz -
Valposchiavo - Tirano links up regions with different languages and cultures. This is not a rack railway and the train winds its way gently through splendid scenery. 
Travel comfortably on the Bernina Express Bus from Lugano to Tirano. Make your trip on the Bernina Express even more exciting by planning your circular tour via Ticino.

On the highest railway across the Alps, the Bernina Express climbs up to the glistening glaciers before descending to the palms of Italy far below. This rail link between Northern and Southern Europe builds bridges between regions with different languages and cultures.

The railway is unique, blending ideally with the alpine landscapes around the Albula and Bernina Passes. The train negotiates the 55 tunnels, 196 bridges and inclines of up to 70 per mille with ease. At the highest point on the RhB, 2,253 metres above sea level, you will find the Ospizio Bernina. Here, visitors can delight in the cultural and natural surroundings and enjoy the Alps at their most impressive. The railway line from Thusis - Valposchiavo - Tirano has UNESCO World Heritage status. Thanks to the modern panoramic cars, you will enjoy unrestricted views of the unspoilt Alpine panorama.

Now on offer: the smell of fresh mountain air and all-round views on the Albula and Bernina Lines. From 3 July to 22 October 2017 open scenic carriages will be attached to the Bernina Express between Davos Platz and Tirano. The open carriages have no windows and thus add to a perfect experience of nature. Reflection-free photos of the breathtaking landscape are guaranteed!

For a touch more Italian flavour: Enjoy a comfortable trip on the Bernina Express Bus from Lugano to Tirano or vice versa from 14.04.2017 to 29.10.2017. Make your trip on the Bernina Express even more exciting by planning a circular tour.

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Der Bernina Express auf dem Kreisviadukt in Brusio. Bild: Christof Sonderegger

The Brusio Circular Viaduct is a true masterpiece of bridge engineering on the Bernina Line. It was built to limit the gradient of the line to just 7 per cent.

Der Bernina Express bei Ràsica in Tirano, im Hintergrund die Kirche San Rocco. Bild: Christoph Benz

The route passes through a varied terrain of orchards, chestnut trees and vineyards on its way to Tirano in Italy.

Der Bernina Express auf dem Berninapass, links im Bild der Lago Bianco. Bild: Andrea Badrutt

Lago Bianco is a watershed. To the south, the waters flow into the Adriatic and to the east, into the Black Sea.

Der Bernina Express bei Bergün. Bild: Erik Süsskind

The line is harmoniously embedded in the surrounding landscape. Railway and nature blend into one.

Der Bernina Express in der Montebellokurve. Bild: Erik Süsskind

The Montebello Curve is one of the most widely photographed subjects on the Bernina Line.

Der Bernina Express auf dem Landwasserviadukt bei Filisur. Bild: Tibert Keller

The 136-metre-long Landwasser Viaduct is the signature structure of the Rhaetian Railway.

Der Bernina Express im Domleschg, im Hintergrund die Burg Ortenstein. Bild: Foto Geiger

The Domleschg Valley is one of the regions in Switzerland to boast the most castles.

Tirano is where the UNESCO World Heritage site ends and the Valtellina region begins.

With its Mediterranean flair, culture and history, Lugano invites visitors to enjoy sheer indulgent relaxation.

Disruption Bernina Line: The Bernina Line of the Rhaetian Railway (RhB) will remain closed to through railway traffic until Friday, 22 September 2017. A rail replacement bus service is being provided between Pontresina and Poschiavo. Passengers are asked to allow more time for their journeys

More information about the disruption Bernina Line.

When you travel on the Bernina Express, you will enjoy one highlight after another. There is everything from impressive constructions to spectacular views.

A fresh breeze on the Bernina Express

Enjoy the smell of fresh mountain air and all-round views on the Albula and Bernina Lines. From 3 July to 22 October 2017 open scenic carriages will be attached to the Bernina Express between Davos Platz and Tirano. The open carriages have no windows and thus add to a perfect experience of nature. Reflection-free photos of the breathtaking landscape are guaranteed!

Visual

Albula/Bernina UNESCO World Heritage route

The Albula and Bernina section of track is a masterpiece in terms of civil engineering and routing. Landscape and railway blend into one: in wide radiuses, ingenious man-made structures punctuate rugged valleys. The Landwasser Viaduct, the helical tunnels between Bergün and Preda and the Brusio Circular Viaduct all stand testimony to the early, pioneering days of the railway.

Visual

Landwasser Viaduct

The viaduct at Filisur spans the Landwasser Valley and leads directly into a tunnel. The construction of the three main pillars in 1901/02 was an outstanding architectural feat, considering that the viaduct was built using only two cranes and without scaffolding. This is the most spectacular landmark on the Rhaetian Railway and it has become famous the world over.

Visual

Ospizio Bernina

The highest point on the RhB is situated 2,253 metres above sea level. The watershed between Lago Bianco and Lej Nair is also the language frontier between the Romansh-speaking Engadine and the Italian-speaking Valposchiavo. The Bistro Albergo at the railway station was renovated in 2013 and serves tasty snacks at teatime.

Visual

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Visual

Valposchiavo

The valley in the southern Alps is a great place to enjoy lengthy hikes, leisurely strolls and fine regional specialities. Explore the historic heart of Poschiavo, centred around its pleasant piazza, and discover various aspects of the valley's history in one of the museums or the colourful "Spanish Quarter" built by returning emigrants. Soaking up the beautiful scenery at the Lago di Poschiavo makes a fitting end to a memorable trip.

Visual

Brusio Circular Viaduct

This viaduct turns round a 360-degree curve, lengthening the track so that it is possible to overcome the difference in altitude in the narrow Valposchiavo. The Brusio Circular Viaduct is considered the most spectacular construction on the Bernina Line.

Visual

Important information: Due to engineering works, no trains will run between Thusis and Tiefencastel from Monday, 30 October 2017 to Friday, 17 November 2017 inclusive. During this period, Bernina Express passengers will travel by bus between Thusis and Tiefencastel stations. The other portions of the journey between Chur and Thusis and between Tiefencastel and Tirano will take place as usual in the panoramic cars. Thank you for your understanding.

Lines

Bernina Express train

Line 1: Chur - Tirano - Chur (all year round, daily)
Line 2: Davos Platz - Tirano - Davos Platz (summer season)
Line 3: St. Moritz - Tirano - St. Moritz (summer season)
Line 4: Tirano - St. Moritz - Tirano (summer season)

Now on offer: From 3 July to 22 October 2017 open scenic carriages will be attached to the Bernina Express between Davos Platz and Tirano. The open carriages have no windows and thus add to a perfect experience of nature. Reflection-free photos of the breathtaking landscape are guaranteed!

Passengers with a valid seat reservation for the Bernina Express 960 and 961 can benefit from the scenic carriages free of charge.


Bernina Express Bus
The panoramic bus operates on the following route:

Lugano - Tirano - Lugano

Extend your trip on the Bernina Express Bus and turn it into a circular tour via Ticino. From Lugano you can even journey on comfortably to Milan or Venice.

Prices and seat reservation required

Seat reservation required

A supplement is charged for the reservation in addition to the price of a valid ticket. The supplement per person and leg of journey is:

Bernina Express in summer

13.05.2017 - 29.10.2017

CHF 14.00

Bernina Express in winter

30.10.2017 - 09.05.2018

CHF 10.00

Bernina Express Bus

14.04.2107 - 29.10.2017

CHF 14.00
  • Prices subject to change.
  • Children aged 6 to 16 pay half the fare. The seat reservation supplement must be paid in full.
  • Children under 6 occupying a seat of their own pay half the standard fare. The seat reservation supplement must be paid in full.
  • Children under 6 not occupying a seat of their own travel free.  
  • Half-Fare travelcard, GA travelcard, municipal 1-day-travelpass, Junior travelcard, Swiss travelpasses are all valid. The seat reservation supplement must be paid in full. 
  • The Davos-Klosters-Card is not valid on the Bernina Express.

 

 

Price per leg of journey (surcharge excluded)

Journey from Chur

2nd class1st class2nd class, back1st class, back

Chur - Tirano - Lugano            

CHF 89.00CHF 137.00CHF 178.00CHF 274.00
Chur - TiranoCHF 64.00CHF 112.00CHF 128.00CHF 224.00
Chur - PoschiavoCHF 56.00CHF 98.00CHF 112.00CHF 196.00
Chur - Le PreseCHF 59.00CHF 104.00CHF 118.00CHF 208.00

 

Journey from Davos Platz

2nd class1st class2nd class, back1st class, back
Davos Platz - Tirano - LuganoCHF 77.00CHF 116.00CHF 154.00CHF 232.00
Davos Platz - TiranoCHF 51.00CHF 90.00CHF 102.00CHF 180.00
Davos Platz - PoschiavoCHF 44.00CHF 77.00CHF 88.00CHF 154.00
Davos Platz - Le PreseCHF 46.00 CHF 81.00CHF 92.00CHF 162.00

 

Journey from St. Moritz

2nd class1st class2nd class, back1st class, back
St. Moritz - Tirano - LuganoCHF 61.00CHF 85.00CHF 122.00CHF 170.00
St. Moritz - TiranoCHF 32.00CHF 56.00CHF 64.00CHF 112.00
St. Moritz - Poschiavo

CHF 24.00

CHF 42.00CHF 48.00CHF 84.00
St. Moritz - Le PreseCHF 26.00CHF 46.00CHF 52.00

CHF 92.00

  • Prices subject to change.
  • Prices VAT included, without supplement.
  • Children aged 6 to 16 pay half the fare. The seat reservation supplement must be paid in full.
  • Children under 6 occupying a seat of their own pay half the standard fare. The seat reservation supplement must be paid in full.
  • Children under 6 not occupying a seat of their own travel free.  
  • Half-Fare travelcard, GA travelcard, municipal 1-day-travelpass, Junior travelcard, Swiss travelpasses are all valid. The seat reservation supplement must be paid in full. 
  • The Davos-Klosters-Card is not valid on the Bernina Express.

Sales

You can purchase your ticket and reserve your seat for the Bernina Express and the Bernina Express Bus online at our Ticket Shop.

You can also obtain tickets and further information at all manned stations of the Rhaetian Railway or from Railservice, tel. No. +41 81 288 65 65 as well as by filling in the contact form or at every rail ticket office in Europe.

Quotation request for groups (10 or more persons)

Gift voucher

A fascinatingly different gift.
Looking for the perfect gift for your loved ones? Why not give them an unforgettable experience with the Rhaetian Railway!

InfoT(r)ainment

Now available free of charge and exclusively in first class: Bernina Express InfoT(r)ainment

Your personal travel companion with audio guide. Call up the new InfoT(r)ainment system free of charge on your smartphone or tablet. The digital travel companion provides you with interesting stories and information, shows you the route live on the map and provides information at all times on how fast the train is going on the UNESCO World Heritage route. Find out more here.

Tip: Headphones are available at the minibar for just CHF 2.00.

Refreshments

Just what you're looking for: on the Bernina Express, the roving minibar has delicacies to suit all tastes. Fine regional snacks and refreshing drinks are served directly at your seat. You will find the current Bernina Express menu here (German). 

Fresh from the region and served directly at your seat: providing you order in advance, our on-board personnel will be happy to serve cold platters of regional delicacies. Would you like to treat yourself to these culinary delights or perhaps surprise your friends and family on their trip on the Bernina Express with one of our platters? Book here (at least 72 hours before departure)

This train does not have a restaurant car. Lunch is available in Poschiavo or in Tirano (Italy).

Souvenir

Take a piece of your holiday home with you and revel in unforgettable memories. You're sure to find a suitable memento or gift in our souvenir shop. 

Border crossing

If you are travelling to Tirano and/or Lugano you will need a passport or identity card to cross the border.

Timetable 13.05.17 - 29.10.17

Chur / Davos / St. Moritz – Poschiavo / Le Prese / Tirano – Lugano

StationTrain 973Train 951Train 961aTrain 975

Chur

ab / dep. 
part. / dép.
-08.32--
Domat/Emsab / dep. 
part. / dép.
----
Reichenau/Taminsab / dep. 
part. / dép.
----
Thusisab / dep. 
part. / dép.
----
Tiefencastelab / dep. 
part. / dép.
-09.18--
Davos Platzab / dep. 
part. / dép.
--09.53-
Filisurab / dep. 
part. / dép.
-09.33110.161-
Bergünab / dep. 
part. / dép.
-09.47110.291-
Samedanab / dep. 
part. / dép.
--11.091-
Pontresina     an
     arr.
-10.19--
St. Moritzab / dep. 
part. / dép.
09.30--15.12
Pontresinaab / dep. 
part. / dép.
09.411-11.17115.211
Ospizio Bernina     an
     arr.
---15.51
Alp Grüm     an
     arr.
10.13210.57211.57216.00
Poschiavo     an
     arr.
11.12212.0012.48216.482
Poschiavoab / dep. 
part. / dép.
-12.08--
Le Prese     an
     arr.
11.31212.16213.01217.012
Tirano     an
     arr.
12.0012.4513.3217.32
Bus Tirano - Lugano (14.04.2017 - 29.10.2017)
Tiranoab / dep. 
part. / dép.
14.20
Luganoan
arr.
17.30

a) 25.05.2017 - 22.10.2017

1) Boarding stop

2) Alighting stop

Lugano – Tirano / Poschiavo / Le Prese – St. Moritz / Davos / Chur

Bus Lugano – Tirano (14.04.2014 - 29.10.2017)
Luagnoab / dep. 
part. / dép.
10.00
Tiranoan
arr.
13.00
StationTrain 976Train 974Train 950Train 9601

Tirano

ab / dep. 
part. / dép.
10.0314.0314.2615.12
Le Preseab / dep. 
part. / dép.
10.41114.35114.55115.391
Poschiavoan
arr.
10.48--15.47
Poschiavoab / dep. 
part. / dép.
10.4914.49115.09115.57
Alp Grüman
arr.
11.252---
Alp Grümab / dep. 
part. / dép.
-15.24115.441-
Ospizio Berninaan
arr.
11.48215.331-16.501
Pontresinaan
arr.
12.24216.02216.16217.192
St. Moritzan
arr.
12.3616.20--
Samedanan
arr.
---17.272
Bergünan
arr.
--17.04218.042
Filisuran
arr.
--17.17218.182
Davos Platzan
arr.
---18.46
Tiefencastelan
arr.
--17.312-
Thusisan
arr.
--17.502-
Reichenau-Taminsan
arr.
----
Churan
arr.
--18.20-

a) 25.05.2017 - 22.10.2017

1) Boarding stop

2) Alighting stop

Timetable 30.10.2017 - 09.12.2017

Chur / Davos / St. Moritz – Poschiavo / Le Prese / Tirano

StationTrain 951a,cTrain 953b

Chur

ab / dep. 
part. / dép.
08.3208.58
Domat/Emsab / dep. 
part. / dép.
-09.041
Reichenau/Taminsab / dep. 
part. / dép.
-09.081
Thusisab / dep. 
part. / dép.
-09.301
Tiefencastelab / dep. 
part. / dép.
09.1809.471
           Davos Platz 3ab / dep. 
part. / dép.
08.3109.31
           Filisur     an
     arr.
08.5609.56
Filisurab / dep. 
part. / dép.
09.33110.021
Bergünab / dep. 
part. / dép.
09.47110.141
Samedanab / dep. 
part. / dép.
09.48410.481
          St. Moritz 4ab / dep. 
part. / dép.
09.4810.48
          Pontresina     an
     arr.
09.5810.58
Pontresina     an
     arr.
10.1910.55
Pontresinaab / dep. 
part. / dép.
10.2111.04
Ospizio Bernina     an
     arr.
-11.292
Alp Grüm     an
     arr.
10.57211.402
Poschiavo     an
     arr.
12.0012.222
Poschiavoab / dep. 
part. / dép.
12.08-
Le Prese     an
     arr.
12.16212.302
Tirano     an
     arr.
12.4513.00

a) Sat/Sun and general holidays without 4, 5, 11 and 12 November 2017

b) Mon–Fri except general holidays and on 4, 5, 11 and 12 November 2017

c) This service will not operate between 30.10.2017 and 17.11.2017. It operates daily train 953 and 954.

1) Boarding stop

2) Alighting stop

3) Change train in Filisur

4) Change train in Pontresina

Tirano / Poschiavo / Le Prese – St. Moritz / Davos / Chur

Important information: Due to engineering works, no trains will run between Thusis and Tiefencastel from Monday, 30 October 2017 to Friday, 17 November 2017 inclusive. During this period, Bernina Express passengers will travel by bus between Thusis and Tiefencastel stations. The other portions of the journey between Chur and Thusis and between Tiefencastel and Tirano will take place as usual in the panoramic cars. Thank you for your understanding.

StationTrain 950a,cTrain 954b

Tirano

 ab / dep. 
part. / dép.
14.2615.00
Le Prese ab / dep. 
part. / dép.
14.55115.261
Poschiavoab / dep. 
part. / dép.
15.09115.371
Alp Grümab / dep. 
part. / dép.
15.44116.14
Ospizio Berninaab / dep. 
part. / dép.
-16.211
Pontresina     an
     arr.
16.16216.522
Pontresinaab / dep. 
part. / dép.
16.212-
        Pontresinaab / dep. 
part. / dép.
17.0117.01
        St. Moritz 4an
arr
.
17.1117.11
Samedan     an
     arr.
17.08 417.082
Bergün     an
     arr.
17.04217.472
Filisur     an
     arr.
17.17217.592
        Filisurab / dep. 
part. / dép
.
18.0418.04
        Davos Platz 3     an
     arr.
18.2918.29
Tiefencastel     an
     arr.
17.31218.152
Thusis     an
     arr.
17.50218.302
Reichenau-Tamins     an
     arr.
-18.51
Chur     an
     arr.
18.2019.03

a) Sat/Sun and general holidays without 4, 5, 11 and 12 November 2017

b) Mon–Fri except general holidays and on 4, 5, 11 and 12 November 2017

c) This service will not operate between 30.10.2017 and 17.11.2017. It operates daily train 953 and 954.

1) Boarding stop

2) Alighting stop

3) Change train in Filisur

4) Change train in Pontresina

Timetable 10.12.2017 - 09.05.2018 and 29.10.2018 - 08.12.2018

Chur / Davos / St. Moritz – Poschiavo / Le Prese / Tirano – Lugano

StationTrain 951Train 975a

Chur

ab / dep. 
part. / dép.
08.32
Domat/Emsab / dep. 
part. / dép.
-
Reichenau/Taminsab / dep. 
part. / dép.
-
Thusisab / dep. 
part. / dép.
-
Tiefencastelab / dep. 
part. / dép.
09.18
           Davos Platz 3ab / dep. 
part. / dép.
08.31
           Filisur     an
     arr.
08.56
Filisurab / dep. 
part. / dép.
09.331
Bergünab / dep. 
part. / dép.
09.461
          Samedanab / dep. 
part. / dép.
09.484
          St. Moritz
ab / dep. 
part. / dép.
09.48415.12
          Pontresina     an
     arr.
09.58-
Pontresina     an
     arr.
10.19-
Pontresinaab / dep. 
part. / dép.
10.2215.211
Ospizio Bernina     an
     arr.
-15.51
Alp Grüm     an
     arr.
11.0016.00
Poschiavo     an
     arr.
12.0116.522
Poschiavoab / dep. 
part. / dép.
12.10-
Le Prese     an
     arr.
12.21217.012
Tirano     an
     arr.
12.4917.32
Bus Tirano - Luganob
Tiranoab / dep. 
part. / dép.
14.20
Lugano     an
     arr.
17.30

a) Mon - Sun from 26.12.2017 to 07.01.2018, 31.03. - 02.04.2018, 25.04. - 01.05.2018, 01.11. - 03.11.2018 and 07.12. - 08.12.2018

b) Thu - Sun from 15.02. to 01.04.2018 and from 01.11. to 25.11.2018, Mon - Sun from 02.04. to 09.05.2018

1) Boarding stop

2) Alighting stop

3) Change train in Filisur

4) Change train in Pontresina

Lugano – Tirano / Poschiavo / Le Prese – St. Moritz / Davos / Chur

Bus Lugano – Tiranob
Lugano  ab / dep. 
part. / dép.
10.00
Tirano     an
     arr.
13.00
StationTrain 976aTrain 950

Tirano

 ab / dep. 
part. / dép.
10.0614.25
Le Prese ab / dep. 
part. / dép.
10.41114.541
Poschiavoab / dep. 
part. / dép.
10.5015.08
Caderaab / dep. 
part. / dép.
-15.18
Alp Grüm     an
     arr.
11.272-
Alp Grümab / dep. 
part. / dép.
-15.441
Ospizio Berninaab / dep. 
part. / dép.
11.502-
Pontresina     an
     arr.
12.25216.16
Pontresinaab / dep. 
part. / dép.
-16.24
        Pontresinaab / dep. 
part. / dép.
-17.02
        St. Moritzab / dep. 
part. / dép
.
12.3717.114
        Samedan     an
     arr.
17.084
Bergün     an
     arr.
17.022
Filisur     an
     arr.
17.172
        Filisurab / dep. 
part. / dép
.
18.04
        Davos Platz 3     an
     arr.
18.29
Tiefencastel     an
     arr.
17.312
Thusis     an
     arr.
17.502
Reichenau-Tamins     an
     arr.
-
Domat/Ems     an
     arr.
-
Chur     an
     arr.
18.20

a) Mon - Sun from 26.12.2017 to 07.01.2018, 31.03. - 02.04.2018, 25.04. - 01.05.2018, 01.11. - 03.11.2018 and 07.12. - 08.12.2018

b) Thu - Sun from 15.02. to 01.04.2018 and from 01.11. to 25.11.2018, Mon - Sun from 02.04. to 09.05.2018

1) Boarding stop

2) Alighting stop

3) Change train in Filisur

4) Change train in Pontresina

Disruption Bernina Line: The Bernina Line of the Rhaetian Railway (RhB) will remain closed to through railway traffic until Friday, 22 September 2017. A rail replacement bus service is being provided between Pontresina and Poschiavo. Passengers are asked to allow more time for their journeys

More information about the disruption Bernina Line.

Important information: Due to engineering works, no trains will run between Thusis and Tiefencastel from Monday, 30 October 2017 to Friday, 17 November 2017 inclusive. During this period, Bernina Express passengers will travel by bus between Thusis and Tiefencastel stations. The other portions of the journey between Chur and Thusis and between Tiefencastel and Tirano will take place as usual in the panoramic cars. Thank you for your understanding.

 

 

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